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Howdy Modi Highlights | With Trump Listening, PM Says Conspirators of 9/11 and 26/11 Found in Same Country | September 23, 2019, 12:31 AM IST
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Howdy Modi LIVE Updates: India has given farewell to Article 370, which allowed terrorism and separatism to rear its head in Jammu and Kashmir, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He asked people to give standing ovation to Indian parliamentarians for Parliament's nod to repeal Article 370 provisions. "India's decision on Article 370 has troubled some people, who can't handle their country, who support terrorism. Where do you find conspirators of 9/11 and 26/11 terror attacks; time for decisive battle against terrorism," he said in a veiled attack on Pakistan. The prime minister is addressing over 50,000 Indian-Americans at 'Howdy, Modi' event in Houston's NRG stadium. Modi was greeted Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and top US lawmakers as he arrived on stage amid cheers. Earlier, various groups participated in cultural programme and showcased different dance styles of India.

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Sep 23, 2019 12:14 am (IST)

US President Donald Trump on Sunday announced that India will soon have access to another world class American product - NBA basketball. Trump, who was speaking at the NRG stadium to over 50,000 Indian-Americans, said that America is committed to ensure Indians have access to the finest goods in the world, products stamped with the beautiful phrase 'Make in USA'.

Sep 23, 2019 12:13 am (IST)

US President Donald Trump on Sunday vowed to protect innocent civilians from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism and said border security is vital to both America and India as he emphasised on bolstering further the Indo-US security relationship. Read full report here

Sep 23, 2019 12:11 am (IST)

PM Modi concludes his speech at the Howdy Modi event in Houston.  Before ending the speech, PM Modi invited Donald Trump to India along with his family.  

Sep 23, 2019 12:08 am (IST)

"Ease of doing business is important to us, however ease of living is equally important. Need to empower people for this. Only then can the social and economic development of a country take place at fast pace," says PM Modi at Howdy Modi event in Houston.  

Sep 23, 2019 12:06 am (IST)

"After India's decision or corporate tax deduction a very positive message has been sent to business people across the world," says Modi at howdy Modi event in Houston.  

Sep 22, 2019 11:58 pm (IST)

Modi Takes Jibe at Pakistan | In a veiled attack at the Pakistan, PM Modi says that India's move to remove Article 370 has irked the nation which hasn't been able to manage its own country. "It is a breeding ground for terrorism. Be it 9/11 attack in USa or 26/11 attack in Mumbai, the perpetrators of the acts have been found in that one country," he says at the Howdy Modi event in Houston.  He also says the time has come to take a tough stand against the terrorism.  

Sep 22, 2019 11:54 pm (IST)

"There was another challenge in front of India whom India gave farewell which is Article 370. India bid farewell to 70-year-old law which had deprived the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh from the benefits of development. It was being used by separatists and terrorists," he says at the Howdy Modi event in Houston.  

Sep 22, 2019 11:52 pm (IST)

"On October 2, India will bid farewell to open defecation," says Modi at Howdy Modi in Houston as he talks about government's action against open defalcation.  

Sep 22, 2019 11:47 pm (IST)

PM Modi Mentions Digital India | "If data is available at affordable prices anywhere in the world, it is India. 1 gb data in India is available at nearly 25 cents. This ahs been possible under Digital India ," says Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Howdy Modi in Houston. From e-governance to income tax returns, Modi says the cheap data has brought convenience to the people in India.  

Sep 22, 2019 11:43 pm (IST)

Bollywood actor Salman Khan tweeted," Way to go PM Modi and Prez Trump for a great association between the 2 nations. . . @narendramodi @realDonaldTrump (sic)."

Sep 22, 2019 11:39 pm (IST)

'We Aim High, Achieve Higher' |"We are competing with ourselves.. We are challenging ourselves. We are changing ourselves and that is why we are on the path of development," he says. "We are aiming high. We are achieving higher," Modi says at the Howdy Modi event in Houston.

Sep 22, 2019 11:37 pm (IST)

"First time in 60 years has it happened that a majority government came back to power in the second term with more vote share,"says Modi at Howdy Modi event in Houston as he talks about the Lok Sabha elections. He also talks about first-time voters and women voters. 

Sep 22, 2019 11:32 pm (IST)

Modi Gives Glimpse of India's Diversity |  Speaking at the Howdy Modi event in Houston, Modi gave a glimpse of diversity of India's culture when he said "everything is fine" in several India languages like Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, Malayalam. "Diversity is unity. This diversity is the core of India's vibrant democracy, says PM Modi. 

Sep 22, 2019 11:30 pm (IST)

"This programme name is Howdy Modi, but Modi alone is nothing.I am a simple man who works on order of 130 crore people," says Modi. "When youa sk me Howdy Modi, I say everything is fine in India." 

Sep 22, 2019 11:26 pm (IST)

"Texas' spirit is reflected here. This NRG's energy is a proof of increasing synergy between India and US," says PM Modi at the Howdy Modi event in Houston. 

Sep 22, 2019 11:25 pm (IST)

"This atmosphere is unprecedented. We are seeing new history and chemistry under making here," says PM Narendra Modi at the Howdy Modi event in Houston while referring to the cementing of ties between India and USA.

Sep 22, 2019 11:22 pm (IST)

Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted soon after Donald trump talked about the border security at Howdy Modi event in Houston.  

Sep 22, 2019 11:20 pm (IST)

'Committed to Fight Radical Islamic Terrorism | Donald Trump at the Howdy Modi event in Houston says border security is vital to America as well as India. "We are committed to protect innocent civilians from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism," says Trump as he talks about AMerica's defence deals with India.

Sep 22, 2019 11:14 pm (IST)

Trump May Visit India | While addressing the Howdy Modi event in Houston, US president Donald Trump says first ever NBA basketball match will happen in Mumbai next month. He also hinted at his probable visit to India as he asked PM Modi if he would be invited to the event. "I may come," he says. 

Sep 22, 2019 11:10 pm (IST)

"Indian-Americans are pioneering in medicine, founding new business and providing jobs to thousands," says Trump at the Howdy Modi eevnt in Houston. A crowd of nearly 50,000 Indian-Americans are present at the event.  USA is working to expand exports to India, Trump says.  

Sep 22, 2019 11:05 pm (IST)

"Indo-US relations are stronger than never before. Want to thank Indian-Americans," says Trump, adding that India never had a better friend than him.  

Sep 22, 2019 11:04 pm (IST)

Donald Trump Lauds PM Modi's Welfare Schemes |  "As a result of PM Modi's pro growth policies, India has lifted nearly 300 million out of poverty, and that is an incredible number," he says, lauding PM Modi for his welfare schemes in the short span of time.  "Our people are progressing like never before," he says.  

Sep 22, 2019 10:58 pm (IST)

"PM Modi doing truly exceptional job for India," says US President Donald Trump at the Howdy Modi event in Houston as he wished him for his success in the Lok Sabha elections. "600 million indian voted overwhelmingly for prime minister and his party. I join everyone here wishing you happy birthday," he says. 

Sep 22, 2019 10:56 pm (IST)

The NRG stadium in Texas welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi where he will address nearly 50,000 Indian-Americans. The initial photographs coming from outside the stadium show Indian diaspora arriving in huge numbers to listen to PM Modi. Watch live coverage here

Sep 22, 2019 10:55 pm (IST)

"This morning you can hear the the heartbeat of the two largest democracies. You can feel the strength and human bonds of two great nations," he says as he talks about the friendly relations between US and India. "You once introduced me to your family. Today, I introduce you to my family," Modi says while refering to the billions of Indians.

Sep 22, 2019 10:53 pm (IST)

'Ab ki Baar Trump Sarkaar' | "He has already made the American economy strong again. He has achieved much for the US and for the world," Modi says. "We in India have connected well to him," he adds and says "Abki baar Trump aarkar" 

Sep 22, 2019 10:49 pm (IST)

"From CEO to commander in chief, from boardrooms to oval office, from studio to global stage. It is my honour and privilege to welcome here at this magnificent gathering," Modi says. 

Sep 22, 2019 10:47 pm (IST)

PM Modi greets Donald Trump as he starts his speech at the Howdy Modi event in Houston. "He was a household name even before he went to hold the highest seat in he US," Modi says while greeting the US president. "His name is familiar to every person on the planet. His name comes up almost every conversation in the world on global politics," he says. 

Sep 22, 2019 10:40 pm (IST)

Drums thud loud  inside the NRG stadium as PM Narendra Modi and US president  Donald Trump together walk up to the stage at the Howdy Modi event in Houston. Trump joins Modi at the mega event as a "special gesture" by him to underscore the special bond between the two countries. It is for the first time that Trump and Modi share a stage together. They will address a record crowd of 50,000 Indian-Americans.

Sep 22, 2019 10:34 pm (IST)

A man, Ramesh Modi, dressed like Mahatma Gandhi at the Howdy Modi event in Houston. 'Modi aur Gandhi ek hi hain, these are saints, fakirs. Gandhi was a fakir, same nature exactly. Welcome Modi to the town here." he said. 

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PM Modi at Howdy. Modi event in Houston

About two dozen governors and members of the US Congress are also attending the event. Democrat Steny Hoyer welcomed Prime Minister Modi and invoked Mahatma Gandhi and former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru in his speech. He said both Indians and Americans have the same purpose, growing the partnership between the two countries. Earlier, Trump said that he and his "friend" Modi will have a "good time" at the mega event. "Look forward to being with our great India loving community!" he tweeted.

Trump, who as a Republican presidential candidate in 2016 promised to be India's best friend, is flying to Houston only to attend the event.

As per the schedule released by the White House on late Saturday night, Trump will spend 100 minutes at the NRG Stadium. While the duration of his speech is not yet known, it is believed his remarks could last as long as 30 minutes. He is also expected to be present in the audience during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address.

Meanwhile, Modi, who arrived in Houston on Saturday for a week-long visit, met members of the Sikh community as well as CEOs of the oil sector today ahead of his address to the diaspora.

Post his meeting with the heads of oil sector, Tellurian and Petronet signed a Memorandum of understanding (MOU) for up to five million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) through equity investment in Driftwood.

The engagements come ahead of the prime minister’s mega 'Howdy Modi!' event where he will address over 50,000 Indian-Americans. The 'Howdy Modi!' event on Sunday at the sprawling NRG Football Stadium in Houston will be the largest gathering ever for an elected foreign leader visiting the US, other than the Pope.

Trump's presence at the Houston event marks a new milestone, Modi had said in his departure statement ahead of his visit. This would be the first time a US President will attend an Indian-American community event with Modi and also the first time that Trump and Modi share a stage together. The event is the third meeting between the two leaders in three months, after the G-20 summit in Japan in June and the G-7 summit in France last month.

Trump earlier has hinted that there could be some announcement by him at the 'Howdy Modi!' event.

Both countries are racing to negotiate a limited trade deal to be signed by Trump and Modi at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The deal under discussion with India would lower some tariffs on US produce and restore preferential treatment for some Indian exports to the US, said sources.

From Houston, Modi will fly to New York where he will address the annual high-level UN General Assembly session in New York on September 27 and will have a packed agenda of bilateral and multilateral engagements.
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